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when we think about the fact that this is dr. king's birthday that we're going to be celebrating this weekend. i'm always reminded that he said everybody wants to be first. everybody wants to be a drum maj major, but if you're going to be a drum major, be a drum major for service. be a drum major for justice. be a drum major for looking out for other people. >> nbc's ron mott standing by on the national mall for us today. ron, we just heard from the president there and vice president joe biden and members of his family also participating in the day of service events. since when has all of this been a part of the inauguration festivities? >> reporter: the president when he was inaugurated four years ago made a day of service part of the festivitieses for that first weekend. he wants this to be a standing tradition and hoping future presidents would make this a standard tradition and another way to extend the legacy of dr. reverend martin luther king, jr., who also has a new memorial here in town. thousands of people have gone through this tent today on the national mall for this n
on the weekend in which we're celebrating dr. martin luther king's birthday, someone who was killed by a gun. in fact, the gun control act of 1968 was proffered in response to his assassination. that said, the day does not honor his legacy. the fact is it really besmirch whiceshis legacy. he was the apostle of non-violence. we have to go to what dr. king saw as being an american problem. he said more than 40 years ago we are the greatest purveyors of violence in the world today. there's a study that came out last week that reaffirmed that, that we are the most violent wealthy western nation. why is that. as you talk about jared loughner and white people and black people, the fact is we're killing each other in america. we, you, me, and ann need to sit down and talk about why it is america and americans are so violent. >> ann, what problem do you have with universal background checks. >> i don't. i don't at all. >> even for gun shows. >> gun rights supporters support that. >> now you're for expanding. >> wait, can i finish? >> you may follow up on the race issue. >> first of all, it's not tha
. we must continue to fight. it took the dr. kings, the rosa parks, to make it possible for us to have an open america. it took those that fought for gender equality and gay and l z lesbian rights and labor rights to open up america, it takes those of us now to continue to fight. we have gone through a turbulent time, we've gone through turbulent history. but we've not arrived yet. when you fly, you don't get off the plane when you get out of turbulence, you get off once you've reached your destination. until we get to the destination of this country, this nation living up to its creed, it will not be time for us to dislodge those that do what is necessary to keep this nation moving forward, both in office and those that are out of office and in the streets of this nation raising issues. that's what king day is about. that's what the victory of b arksz barack obama is a victory of. thanks for watching. a special live edition of "hardball" starts right now. >>> well, welcome, good evening, i'm chris matthews live from the news room in washington wra i've been all day. it's been a day o
, they're going to try to do this. and we have to fight it. that's how we honor dr. king's dream. not by empty words and ceremonies but by doing what he did. action. get out there like martin iii and the rest of us and fight to fulfill the dream. not just give some words of ceremony about a dream that you will not make a reality. happy birthday, dr. king. the dream moves on. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >>> does gop mean guns over people? let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. let me start tonight with this. this afternoon two men were wounded in yet another school shooting. this time in st. louis. today's shooting comes as the republican party is siding with the folks out there who want lots of semiautomatic firepower to fight this country's elected government. so has it become the guns over people party? republican u.s. senator rand paul of kentucky talks about the president usurping the constitution. republican texas congressman steve stockman talks about impeaching the president if he takes steps to
in 2009 during the inauguration. the second bible belongs to civil rights leader dr. martin luther king jr. king's son joins me now from washington. we're so glad you're here. >> thank you. i'm honored to be here today. >> you wrote an op-ed, even your description of the bible is touching. you say it's faded and some of the pages are torn. tell us how your father, dr. king, used that bible. >> well, number one, we found that when he was pastoring or preparing a sermon, his first sermon at the dexter avenue memorial baptist church, that he actually had markings where he actually designated certain things within the bible. we know that he traveled with the bible, derived inspiration from it. it certainly is worn and at tattered. but i think that shows how much he used it. >> you say you never thought the bible would be used again. why? >> you certainly could never imagine that it would be used in the capacity that it is going to be used on monday as the president accepts his oath of office which is quite phenomenal. we had it on display at the king center so that when people come, they can s
on facebook. >>> president obama today has been sharing the spotlight with dr. martin luther king jr. just before the president's swearing-in, president obama and his family attended a church service celebrating king and his legacy. and tomorrow's swearing-in coincides with the national observed holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. when president obama takes the oath of office, he will use a bible that belonged to dr. king. also today president obama and vice president joe biden honored the nation's fallen soldiers during a wreath-laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. this is an inauguration day tradition which took place shortly after the vice president was sworn in which also happened this morning. >> with the beginning of that, we're now 6:15, 17 minutes to be exact into term two. change has come for the new administration, a newly shuffled cabinet, headless al qaeda overseas but trouble in north africa at the moment, suddenly touchy subject of gun reform coloring nearly every page of the domestic agenda. here to discuss the second term with gloria borger and david
and the president did have to share the spotlight with dr. martin luther king, jr. just before the president's formal swearing in this morning, he and the first family together attended a church service which celebrated king and his legacy, and tomorrow's public swearing in, of course, coincides with the national holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. now, when the president takes the oeath of office, he's going to use a bible that belonged to dr. king. the president and vice president joe biden honored the nation's fallen soldiers today as well during a wreath laying ceremony at arlington national cemetery. it took place shortly after the vice president was sworn in. >> this is the president aes day and the president's moment in the spotlight but when the ceremony is done, all the parties, mr. obama will still have to deal with the republican led house of representatives, divided government in washington. sharon peter king of new york, the congressman with the best last name in congress, is with us this evening. mr. chairman, it's good to see you. as a republican and a member of a
on two bibles, president lincoln's and dr. martin luther king's, and this time, it was the president who seemed to swallow a word. >> the office of president of the united states. >> and will to the best of my ability. >> reporter: and then, the president's address, just shy of 19 minutes, with a theme of moving forward together. >> my fellow americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together. together. together. together. >> reporter: the first president ever to include gays in his inaugural, while talking about the struggle for civil rights. >> for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. >> reporter: the president insisting we address climate change, and on immigration, arguing we should welcome striving immigrants. >> until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our work force, rather than expelled from our country. >> reporter: were there powerful performances, kelly clarkson's stirring rendition of "my country tis of thee." ♪ to thee we sing >> reporter: beyonce retu
that this at least cosmetically is what dr. king was talking about when he was talking about an america where black and white and brown were sort of all in it together. but beneath that -- at least cosmetically. i was going to say beneath that i think there is still -- >> what about you, joy? i want you to take a look at the picture of the president with his nicorette db. >> you have given more free publicity to nicorette. >> i think the lightness with which this guy carries his office which is on display is to me stunning. >> and i think that is what the modern presidency is about. i think it's become less and less regal, they've been more accessible, they've been really frankly more like celebrities. >> do you think mitt romney would have been less regal? >> i think that's why mitt romney couldn't win. i think he was from an older america, from an america that really doesn't exist anymore. i think in a lot of ways this president hasn't been able to obviously change everything in four years, but this is the america that a lot of people feared in the '60s, a more integrated america, an america wher
have been dr. martin luther king jr.'s 84th birthday. a wreath is laid in observance. leaders used the message of nonviolence to press for tighting gun control. >> today's actually the 84th birthday of the reverend dr. martin luther king jr. i don't know about you but i miss his words on days like today. >> we stand before you an we stand alongside one another as we make our solemn pledge to be faithful as we was faithful so that we may by your spirit lead your people on the path of peace. art and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-month lease on a 2013 nissan sentra. ♪ humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you
lincoln's, the other dr. martin luther king junior's. >> protect and defend -- >> the constitution of the united states. >> the constitution of the united states. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> and unlike four years ago, chief justice roberts and the president made it through, using the correct wording. ♪ >> barack h. obama! >> and then came the president's second inaugural address. >> this generation of americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. a decade of war is now ending. an economic recovery has begun. we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care, and the size of our deficit. but we reject the belief that america must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. the commitments we make to each other through medicare and medicaid and social security, these things do not sap our initiative. they strengthen us. they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. we will respon
gathering here, it was called let freedom ring concert in honor of dr. martin luther king. on the other side of the kennedy center, you have a who's who in latino communities, celebrating the fact that there was such a sense of empowerment in the community because of the campaign, because of the election and the re-election of president barack obama. had a chance to talk to a lot of people who showed up. some on the red carpet, others who were here for the concert, beau biden, i think he said there are 50 of them who have been running around over the weekend, getting together for these inaugural events, it's all a big celebration tonight. we talked a little bit about the things that happened, including a little controversial remark, his father made really off camera when he accidentally said he was the president. listen. beau good to see you again. what do you make of the last 24 hours and looking forward, there must be a lot of excitement? >> a lot of excitement, our whole family's together, which is nice, there's about 50 bidens running around this town. 13 immediate family, a bunch of kid
more than anybody in american history are dr. king and president lincoln, so for me to have the opportunity to be sworn in using the bibles of these two men that i admire so deeply on the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation, 50th anniversary of the march on washington, is i think fitting because their actions, the movements they represented, are the only reasons that it's possible for me to be inaugurated. > >> reporter: as the president reflects, he said he's also reminded this country has been through tough times before and always come out strong on the other side. jenna? >> this president gets it wouldo bibles. can you bring as many bibles as you want, mike? is there a limit? >> reporter: my understanding is yeah, you can essentially bring what you want. it's your moment, your opportunity to take the oath of office in front of the entire nation, and so you can go with what you want. >> wow. if you're going to pick two bibles, those are two good ones. >> reporter: absolutely. >> very interesting, mike. thank you. >> reporter: thank you, jenna. >>> as the pre
, it was called let freedom ring concert in honor of dr. martin luther king. on the other side of the kennedy center, you have a who's who in latino communities, celebrating the fact that there was such a sense of empowerment in the community because of the campaign, because of the election and the re-election of president barack obama. had a chance to talk to a lot of people who showed up. some on the red carpet, others who were here for the concert, beau biden, i think he said there are 50 of them who have been running around over the weekend, getting together for these inaugural events, it's all a big celebration tonight. we talked a little bit about the things that happened, including a little controversial remark, his father made really off camera when he accidentally said he was the president. listen. beau good to see you again. what do you make of the last 24 hours and looking forward, there must be a lot of excitement? >> a lot of excitement, our whole family's together, which is nice, there's about 50 bidens running around this town. 13 immediate family, a bunch of kids, it was wonde
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